Greetings, Gabrielle Joncas-Brunet!
Gabrielle has just been hired to be a Community Outreach worker for the English-speaking community in the Haut-Saint-François (that’s us). Her new job consists of 21 hours a week for families with children aged 0 to 5, and another 4 hours for anyone, regardless of age.
Her first step was to learn what services are available in English, what are needed, and then «to try to bridge the gap.» Offering information and referral is a big part of her job, both for English-speaking persons and for health care workers.
What have you learned so far? I asked. «That everybody’s excited about this, because it was driven from a need in the community. It was English-speaking partners working with the CLSC and other groups who mentioned this was what they wanted.»
And what would you like to say to the English-speaking public? «Call me! It’s confidential. It can just be a question, it doesn’t have to be an extreme need. I’m totally willing to talk with you, so please don’t be shy. Just use my cell phone: 819-570-7814.
Gabrielle has a one-year contract with the HSF-Fou de ses enfants, a non-profit group offering services to young families. You can guess what that means: Use her or lose her…
Welcome aboard, Gabrielle!
EMOTIONS & DISCIPLINE
«How to Break the Cycle: Emotions-Crisis-Discipline» is the title of a workshop in French that Estelle Généreux, family coach, will offer for parents who want to learn new strategies to support their children’s emotional needs and more about discipline, communication and crisis management. The one-hour workshop is for parents of all ages. It’s Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes, Bury. Free of charge. Reservations: Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771 ext:2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ART & iPAD
An introductory workshop for visual artists on digital painting with the iPad, offered by artist and author Luc Pallegoix, is planned for Saturday, November 18, at 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. iPads are available for loan. Fee: $50. The workshop is at the Atelier Auckland in St-Isidore-d’Auckland. Info or to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/362080564237039/; 819-620-7549, or visit lucpallegoix.com.
ART & TREE
During the Atelier Auckland’s winter Expo Vente, one Christmas Tree is offered for each artwork purchased. On Saturdays, 2 – 7 p.m., until December 23, visit the Atelier in St-Isidore-d’Auckland, 15 rue Principale, Saint-Isidore-d’Auckland. Info: call 819-620-7549 or visit lucpallegoix.com.
ART & COLLECTING
Acquiring artworks as a collector or an investor is the topic of a talk by Eric Devlin, gallery owner and expert art evaluator. It will be followed by a presentation of a living collection that supports local artists, the Genest-Denis Artothèque. The two presentations are at the John Henry Pope Cultural Centre, 25 Principale West Cookshire, on Sunday, November 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Fee: $20. Also present will be the artist Louis-Pierre Bougie, artist-printmaker, whose works are on exhibit until December 16. The Centre is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations: 819-578-4383 or email@example.com. Info: Claudia Racine, coordinator, 873-825-7003, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Facebook/MaisondelaCultureJHP.
AMBULANCES & SENIORS
What is the government’s policy on ambulance transportation for those aged 65 and older? Don’t wait for an emergency to find out. Jonathan Keays from the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS will explain all at the next Health Link session on Ambulance Service in Quebec. It is on Wednesday, November 22, at 11:30 a.m. (lunch) to 2 p.m., at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury, QC. Lunch is $5; please reserve by calling Kim Fessenden, 819-872-3771 x 2. The event is in English and is open to all.
MACHINERY & FARMS
«Acquiring Farm Machinery: Lease or Buy? New or Used?» is the topic of the next Farm Food Forum offered by the Quebec Farmers’ Association. This live presentation by videoconference is on Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Learning Centre, at the far end of the Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes, Bury.
BAZAAR & GIFTS
Newport’s Little Christmas Bazaar will be on Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook. Free entrance. A lot to discover this year again. Info: 819-889-1340.
TEA & MUSIC
The Christmas Tea, offered to seniors by the Municipality of Newport, will happen on Tuesday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m., at the Newport Municipal Hall, 1452 Route 212, Island Brook. Free entrance, music, Viactive demonstration. Info: 819-889-1340.
ARTISANS & BOOKS
The John Henry Pope Cultural Centre is calling for artisans of all kinds who would like to have a kiosk at an Artisans’ Show scheduled for December 9 and 10. The centre is also organizing a book exchange during the show. Books may be contributed at the Cookshire-Eaton Municipal Hall (220 Principale East, Cookshire) during weekdays, and at the Cultural Centre on weekends. The Centre is located at the main intersection of Cookshire, 25 Principale West, the former rectory of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.
Baptist. In Sawyerville, the Sunday worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French. Info: 819-239-8818.
Anglican. On November 19, Sunday services are in Bury at 9:30 a.m. and in Cookshire at 11 a.m. On November 26, there are no services in Bury or Cookshire, but all are invited to attend the ordination of Gabriel Kwenga and Gene Ross to the Sacred Diaconate at St. George’s Church in Lennoxville at 4 p.m. Info: 819-887-6802.
United. On November 19 at 3 p.m. at the Trinity United Church in Cookshire will be a Covenanting Service for Rev. Tami Spires with the congregations of the United Eaton Valley Pastoral Charge and the Quebec Presbytery. On November 26, services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m. and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).
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